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I want to ask if I like to do something even though I have, but I always feel like I haven’t and keep repeating it again and again. Ex: I locked the door, then in the middle of my way back I felt that I didn’t lock the door even though I had done it and this was done over and over again. Am I a mental disorder? How to understand

1 Answer:

Hi Wiswis,

Thank you for asking

At first glance, if you look at the information you convey, these symptoms could be part of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). OCD itself is defined as a disturbance in the form of unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that trigger repetitive or repetitive behavior (compulsions), causing significant disturbances in activities and a heavy burden of thoughts. People with OCD in some conditions may try to ignore their obsessions, but this usually will increase their anxiety and burden on their thoughts. As a result, to get rid of the anxiety and stress, he will continue to do the compulsive behavior again and again so that it becomes a habit cycle.

One of the signs of OCD is that you feel like you haven't locked the door, then want to check it and lock it again, and again. In addition, OCD can also appear in the form of excessive fear of contamination or dirt, feeling the need to do or place objects in a sequence or image, the emergence of worry or excessive fear of something that could harm oneself or others, or the emergence of disturbing thoughts that are uncontrollable, such as aggressive, sex, and so on.

The appearance of OCD symptoms can be triggered by a combination of biological, genetic, and environmental factors. People who have family history with OCD, have experienced traumatic events in their life, or also have other mental disorders besides OCD (for example, anxiety disorders, depression, or drug abuse disorders) are much more at risk of developing OCD.

Even though the symptoms you experience are quite typical for people with OCD, the diagnosis of OCD can only be confirmed if you have examined yourself directly with a psychiatric specialist (psychiatrist). Your doctor will need to do an in-depth psychiatric interview (using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder), a physical examination, and several other supporting tests to make sure that your complaints have a significant impact on aspects of your life so that they can be classified as OCD. Apart from OCD, it is also possible that your complaints are just part of the usual worries, excessive anxiety disorders, phobias, ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), drug abuse, and so on.

The following initial steps you can take to minimize your complaints:

Enrich your knowledge of mental disorders, including OCD Realize that your actions are excessive and must be suppressed so as not to interfere with other aspects of your life Get used to do activities regularly, to minimize forgetting Ask for help from family or relatives around you to convince you that what you have to do is already done, does not need to be done over and over again. Get rid of excessive and unreasonable stress, anxiety, and fear Do not get close to drugs and alcohol Busy yourself with positive activities so that disturbing thoughts does not always appear and recurs Hope it helps ya ..

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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